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  1. Canon 24mm f/2.8 EF-S STM Prime Lens

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    The Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 “pancake” lens is a great option for crop-factor cameras when you want small size, or STM video autofocus. It’s a modestly wide lens, useful for group shots, especially indoors with the f/2.8 aperture.  Remarkably sharp, even wide open. It’s the lightest lens Canon has ever made.

    It close-focuses to about 6 inches, making it an appropriate lens for up close shooting.  The lens has 52mm front threads.

    Rental Prices

    $24 for 1 day
    $48 for up to 3 days
    $72 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Canon DSLR
    Filter Kit

  2. Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EF Mount Wide-Angle Lens

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    Wide and fast is possible with the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 lens. It’s ultra-wide on full frame cameras and medium wide on crop sensors. The f/1.8 maximum aperture is particularly useful indoors and at night.  It’s also visually interesting, since you can get a wide field of view and still have a shallow depth of field.

    We love this length for handheld video.  It’s also about as wide as you can get without adding barrel distortion, so architecture won’t bend in the corners and scale seems emphasized but natural.  The lens could almost be put in the macro category, with a close-focusing distance of about 5″ and an object magnification of 1:4.

    We shot this side-by-side with Canon’s USM 20mm f/2.8, and as a video shooter’s lens, this one comes out ahead hands down.  The manual focus is easy to grip and the action is smooth.  Both lenses tend to darken at the corners, especially above f/4, this is less noticeable in 16:9 frames.  We think the Sigma looks more cinematic.  Still shooters will probably prefer the USM and Canon’s slight edge in sharpness, but for video, the extra 1 1/3 stop makes this an all-purpose prime lens.

    This lens has an EF mount and 82mm front filter threads.

    Rental Prices

    $39 for 1 day
    $78 for up to 3 days
    $117 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    DSLR Camera
    Filter Kit

  3. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 Prime Lens

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    The Canon 28mm f/1.8 lens is a staple of any DSLR prime lens kit.  It has great performance in low light with minimal distortion and fantastic sharpness, especially beyond f/2. USM autofocus makes for fast, quiet focusing, and manual focus is easy with the large rubber focus ring. This is a must-have for both crop factor and full-frame prime lens kits.

    This lens pairs naturally with the Canon 85mm and 50mm lenses.  All three have 58mm front filter threads.

    Rental Prices

    $24 for 1 day
    $48 for up to 3 days
    $72 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Canon DSLR
    Filter Kit

  4. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Prime Lens

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    Used by still photographers for portraiture on both full-frame and crop factor cameras, this Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens is also a perfect length for video interviews and presentations. A moderate telephoto lens, sports and nature might be suited better to something more telephoto.

    Low-light performance of f/1.8 is great, and this lens has very little vignetting even wide open. USM autofocus is great for still shooters, and the manual focus ring is great for both photo and video.  This lens has 58mm front filter threads.

    If you’re renting a lens for video, you may prefer the Rokinon 85mm T/1.5, with declicked manual aperture settings and an integrated focusing gear.

    Rental Prices

    $24 for 1 day
    $48 for up to 3 days
    $72 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Canon DSLR
    Filter Kit

  5. Nikon 105mm f/2.5 AI-S Lens

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    The Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S is a vintage manual focus prime lens. It’s sharp, tough, affordable, and a very popular telephoto lens for Nikon shooters. Nikon manual lenses like this one are also frequently adapted to Micro Four-Thirds (MFT) and Sony E/NEX mount, especially for shooting video. We carry various lens adapters to make the conversion.

    Set your f-stop manually from f/2.5 to f/22 with detents. This lens has 52mm front threads and close focuses to 1 meter.

    Rental Prices

    $19 for 1 day
    $38 for up to 3 days
    $57 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    DSLR Camera
    filter kit


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